web analytics

From out of the Shadows

Written By: - Date published: 9:58 am, September 28th, 2015 - 20 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, bill english, business, capitalism, Economy, Jeremy Corbyn, jobs, john key, Judith Collins, labour, national, paula bennett, phil goff, political alternatives, Politics, same old national, Steven Joyce - Tags:

Out of the Shadows







 By Bonita Wagner



Yesterday Phil Goff addressed Judith Collin‘s interesting diatribe about Corbyn by accusing her of beginning her move against John Key (and therefore Steven Joyce).

Phil Goff is not, as some of you may have noticed, my favourite left-wing politician and only a few days ago I accused him of being silent and invisible in recent times, and especially silent on issues relating to Auckland, for which he is Shadow Minister. I know, I know, he and she are on a panel with Paul Henry about the week in politics, but that is not about us, the electorate who pay them, it is a vehicle for him to jump to Mayoralty of Auckland and her to jump whomever/wherever she is planning to jump. It’s self aggrandizement at its most public… but who is hunting and who is the hunted?

I will concede there is a bright side.

Goff has attempted to throw a fire-cracker into the notion of the National Party leadership and caucus being one big happy family. Is this the Labour Party’s way of sowing seeds of discontent without tainting the image of their leader? It is NOT Dirty Politics by any normal understanding of that term as captured in the book of the same name. Is this Goff’s role now? To box from the shadows?

Goff says of Collins’ column and behaviour since being kicked out of Cabinet;

Judith’s column this week is the opening shot in her campaign to succeed John Key as National’s leader.

Her unlikely praise for Jeremy Corbyn being “a breath of fresh air” and fearless in expressing an opinion is about positioning herself to replace Key.

It’s a not-so-subtle attack on the well-known fact that John Key is not driven by strong values but rather the results of weekly polling and focus groups.

Judith is inviting you to contrast Key’s soft positions with her post-demotion outspokenness on issues.

That Collins’ wants us to believe she has not acted  in recent years contrary to the Cabinet Manual beggars belief;

Conduct of Ministers

The Cabinet Manual provides in rule 2.50 that to protect the integrity of the decision-making process of executive government and to maintain public trust in the Executive, Ministers must conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to their office.

The Cabinet Manual is also a creature of politics, conventions, and reality, and as such, it recognises that a Minister holding a ministerial warrant acts in a number of different capacities:

  • in a ministerial capacity;
  • in a political capacity as a member of Parliament; and
  • in a personal capacity.

Regardless of which capacity they are acting in, rule 2.53 requires that in all these roles and at all times, Ministers behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. The meaning of “highest ethical standards” is a matter for the Prime Minister as ultimately Ministers are accountable to the Prime Minister for their behaviour.

Her objection may be that her Prime Minister has not applied the Manual consistently, but she should attack that, and make the comparison’s with others who have escaped such demotion, not rely on some bizarre notion that she upheld the highest ethical standards of her office, including in a personal capacity.

If New Zealanders continue to want “leaders” that lie and mislead but appear to be running a good business, then she may be the perfect answer to John Key.  It’s the lies and misleading which MAKES it seem as though a good business is being run, and therein lies the problem.

Maybe Goff is precisely the right man to run the offensive, by pointing out over and over and over again that the Emperor has no clothes. In this analogy the Economy is the Emperor. Use facts and figures and begin to debunk or at least call into question the failings of our economy. PLay the facts not the personalities. If enough people begin to see the economy is not great and Key and English and Joyce are not economic masterminds, then there is no reason for New Zealanders to put up with the lies. If the economy is not great, if Key and English are not economic wizards, then all they are delivering is lies and deceptive groupings of words. Kiwis will find it much harder to rationalise the lies, the flip-flops, the double speak, the no-speak and the misleading statements if it is for nothing.

So maybe, Goff is the man for the job?

20 comments on “From out of the Shadows ”

  1. peterh 1

    There mybe a bigger man, with a bigger fire -cracker just around the corner

  2. shorts 2

    Goff is very much not the man to lead any attack on the current govt – they destroyed him when he was leader… and will use the very same tactics to ignore any attempts he has when it comes to criticising them now

    Attack dogs should be fresh, young and ambitious… not old, tired and well past their due date

  3. Sabine 3

    fucked if he does, fucked if he does not.

    maybe he just ran out of fucks to give, and is just stating what has been discussed endlessly elsewhere, and well got no more fucks to give.

  4. Gabby 4

    Looks more like tit for tat for the ‘Little’s being rolled’ line Ponyboy’s been pushing.

    • Puckish Rogue 4.1

      Well it probably started with Goff first then moved onto Shearer and that was followed by Cunliffe so you’d have to say its not that unreasonable to suggest Littles getting rolled when you look at the track record

      • lprent 4.1.1

        Reminds me of that classic Bolger (rolled), Shipley (rolled), English (rolled), Brash (rolled), Key (?) sequence over a similar time period in National – about 8 years from 1998-2005. Or that other classic Lange (left after 5 years), Palmer (rolled), Moore (rolled), Clark (left after 15 years) sequence from 1989-1993.

        When leadership changes start happening in politics, we tend to get a lot of hot potato activity followed by periods of stability.

        So far the interesting question is if Key gets rolled or leaves. But it doesn’t feel like it is too far away looking at Nationals unstable track record. The National caucus seems rather fragile and prone to rolling leaders.

      • Tracey 4.1.2

        you need to read up on some NP history

  5. RedBaronCV 5

    Ah Nact Infighting book me a front row seat.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago